Apply to Collaborative Arts

Who Should Apply

The Collaborative Arts program is ideal for inventive experimentalists who think and create outside the confines of one artistic area. We are looking for independent innovators who also want to work with others - eager to generate interdisciplinary projects, take part in performative work, and discover something new.

Our students are curious, quirky, unconventional and willing to take risks. If you're interested in exploring the potential of working between disciplines, this may be the right place for you.

When to Apply

The below application deadlines are for both the Common Application AND the Creative Portfolio. You will receive a link to upload your Creative Portfolio only after your Common Application has been received by NYU. To ensure proper processing time, we strongly recommend that you submit your Common Application at least two weeks before the posted deadline.


Early Decision 1*            November 1 November 15 December 15
Early Decision 2*                         January 1 January 15 February 15
Regular Decision January 5 February 15 April 1
Internal Transfers March 1 April 1 May 
External Transfers April 1 April 1 May

*If NYU Collaborative Arts is your first choice program for your college experience, applying Early Decision I or II lets us know that. If this is where you want to spend the next 4 years, we encourage you to apply Early Decision!

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the NYU Common Application and submit a Creative Portfolio.

1. NYU Common Application

You must complete the Common Application with the NYU Supplement. Please refer to NYU Undergraduate Admissions for more information about applying to NYU. Once you submit the Common Application successfully, you will receive an email confirmation from NYU within 2-3 business days with a link to access your applicant portal where you can submit your Creative Portfolio.

2. Creative PORTFOLIO

The following are all required components for the 2022-2023 Collaborative Arts Creative Portfolio:


Collaborative Arts is a non-traditional interdisciplinary arts program. We require our students to push the limits of their skills and imagination with curiosity and passion. Our core curriculum explores performance, movement and acting, visual art and filmmaking, emerging media and technology, music production, fabrication, playwriting, screenwriting, and art theory. Our elective courses further expand what it means to be an interdisciplinary artist. You are not expected to enter our program proficient in every area, but you will be expected to fully engage in all of them. 

Please provide a short written statement (400 words max) about why you have chosen an interdisciplinary arts degree. Why pursue Collaborative Arts as opposed to a more discipline-specific course of study? You may cite examples from your artistic work, hobbies, life experiences, art and artists you admire, your creative aspirations, or whatever else you think is relevant.



Using your phone or laptop, record a 1-2 minute video that shows us who you are. You’ve already told us why you want to pursue Collaborative Arts in your written statement; is there a way you can now show us?




While Collaborative Arts welcomes creators from all disciplines and backgrounds, we are built on a foundation of performance: you will be required to engage in multiple performance courses as early as your first year. Please submit examples of work that best represents you as a performer, providing a title and short description for each submission. If you are showing a collaborative project, you must be the primary contributor or creator. Examples may include, but are not limited to:

  • A narrative monologue, a movement piece, a musical experiment, spoken word poetry, stand-up or sketch comedy, or any other performative work. (1-3 videos, not to exceed 5 min total)


We are interested in everything that makes you a creative maker and thinker. In addition to your performance submission, please submit examples of your original work that best represents your talent and your passions in at least one of the following areas. Examples may include, but are not limited to:

  • Visual: Photography, Drawings, Sculptures, Painting, Mixed-Media (5-10 images)
  • Video: Film, Animation, Experimental (2-3 videos, 5 min max)
  • Music: Original Songs, Compositions (2-3 recordings, 5 min max)
  • Writing: Stage Play, Screenplay (5-10 pages)
  • Design: Website, Games, Interactive, Weird (website links, screenshots)
  • Emerging: Technology, Digital Art, 3D Fabrication, New-Media

Please provide a title and short description for each submission (including your performance submission and your additional artistic submission(s)).

If you have questions about what and how to submit, contact Collaborative Arts directly at